Notable San Francisco: 1/2–1/8


Thursday 1/3: Peter Field will be reading from The Tenderloin District of San Francisco Through Time, a brief history of one of San Francisco’s central neighborhoods. Green Apple Books (Clement St.) in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Saturday 1/5: Join artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo for Decolonize the Imagination: Future Landscapes. This workshop on collage and weaving will help you explore how the world could be radically different for future generations. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 6 p.m. (workshop included in cost of admission).

Sunday 1/6: Join local authors Francine Falk-Allen, Patricia Dove Miller, Amanda McTigue, Laura Deutsch, and Graziani Fasbinder as they discuss their writing practice for the Words Off Paper discussion series. Copperfield’s Books in Novato at 3 p.m. 

Learn how to write better memoir with former Notable SF Local Book Pick Christine O’Brien (Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing). Christine will be leading a class on Macro-Micro Memoir: Using Structure and Specifics to Shape Your Nonfiction. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 10 a.m. ($140, registration required).

Monday 1/7: Join the folks over at Quiet Lightning as they kick off their 10th year of live literary mixtapes. This reading will feature Jennifer Lewis, Meredith Heller, Katie Seifert, Charles Kruger, Calder G. Lorenz, Siamak Vossoughi, Caroline Kessler, Chloe Wieland, Heather Bourbeau, Dion O’Reilly, Abe Becker, Hadas Goshen, Fernando Meisenhalter, Alex Simand, Connie Zheng, and Brian Waksmunski. Manny’s in San Francisco at 7 p.m. (free, $5–$20 suggested donation at the door).

Congresswoman Jackie Speier will be reading from her memoir Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 1/8: Join David Priess as he reads from How to Get Rid of a President. His newest book explores the histories of how Americans have schemed and plotted to remove sitting presidents. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Stephany Wilkes, certified sheep shearer and president of the Northern California Fibershed Cooperative will be reading from her memoir Raw Material: Working Wool in the West. Books Inc. in Berkeley at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Stephany Wilkes’s Raw Material: Working Wool in the West (OSU Press, October 2018)! Don’t miss her reading at Books Inc. in Berkeley on 1/8.


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Nishant Batsha's fiction and essays have been published in TriQuarterly, The Offing, and The Caribbean Review of Books, among other publications. He is currently revising his debut novel trilogy: Washed Ashore, All That Floats, and The Tideline. He can be found at or on Twitter @nishbatsha. More from this author →